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This is an auction for AN AMERICAN TYPE by Henry Roth.

"Roth made an astonishing comeback in 1994 with his first novel since Call It Sleep (1934), A Star Shines over Mt. Morris Park, which introduces New Yorker Ira Stigman, the high-strung son of Eastern European Jewish immigrants. Ira’s story quickly filled three subsequent novels to create the provoking and dramatic series Mercy of a Rude Stream. Now, 15 years after Roth’s death, we have the final book in the saga. America is in the grip of the Great Depression, and even though Ira has become a published novelist, his self-loathing goes unabated, due in part to his smothering relationship with Edith, his mentor, lover, and sugar mama. When Ira falls in love with a young composer, he decides the only way to end things with Edith is to journey cross-country with Bill, a Communist working-class hero he hopes to write about. So begins a gritty, surreal, and darkly comic on-the-road adventure through a tattered America of decrepit flophouses, grimy bars, and boxcars full of hobos. As Ira discovers Bill’s true nature and confronts bigots, crooks, and madmen, he searches for the key to transmuting raw experience into art, infatuation into sustaining love. A passionate, life-embracing conclusion to Roth’s bold and cathartic magnum opus."
- a *** starred *** review in Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2010.

279 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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